According to a La Niña advisory released recently by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, a strong La Nina signal is in place in the eastern Pacific Ocean, and that the winds are now in sync with the ocean conditions. This means that La Niña is likely to continue through the winter months and into next spring, says Pam Knox, director of the University of Georgia weather network and ag climatologist.
The consensus of the models is that this event is likely to remain relatively weak, which means the strongest effects are likely to be limited to Florida, Southern Georgia and Alabama. That would include warmer and sunnier than normal conditions as well as drier than normal precipitation. La Niña is not linked to late frosts.
However, if neutral conditions return in early 2021, late spring frosts would become more likely. We also know that summers after a La Niña are more likely to experience drought because of the lack of soil moisture recharge over the cool winter months.
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